The media continues to circle around the ongoing revelations about Hillary Clinton’s secret private email server, and the stance that Clinton has taken–That she never sent or received classified or sensitive material on her server–erodes in defensibility on an almost daily basis. Reuters is reporting today in an exclusive story that a good deal of information that Clinton sent and received would have been at least “born classified”.
But the details included in those “Classified” stamps — which include a string of dates, letters and numbers describing the nature of the classification — appear to undermine this account, a Reuters examination of the emails and the relevant regulations has found.
The new stamps indicate that some of Clinton’s emails from her time as the nation’s most senior diplomat are filled with a type of information the U.S. government and the department’s own regulations automatically deems classified from the get-go — regardless of whether it is already marked that way or not.
In the small fraction of emails made public so far, Reuters has found at least 30 email threads from 2009, representing scores of individual emails, that include what the State Department’s own “Classified” stamps now identify as so-called ‘foreign government information.’ The U.S. government defines this as any information, written or spoken, provided in confidence to U.S. officials by their foreign counterparts.
This sort of information, which the department says Clinton both sent and received in her emails, is the only kind that must be “presumed” classified, in part to protect national security and the integrity of diplomatic interactions, according to U.S. regulations examined by Reuters.
All government officials who handle sensitive information are given exhaustive training in the best practices involved with such information and sign non-disclosure agreements which explicitly call for strict penalties for those who fail in due vigilance.
On Wednesday a large number of current and former government employees who have worked with sensitive material called into The Savage Nation, hosted by conservative radio personality Michael Savage, and detailed how much disregard for existing processes and safety precautions would have had to be short-changed for even the most obvious violations of National Security that Clinton and her inner circle at the State Department seemed to routinely engage in.
Clinton’s position is becoming increasingly tenuous to defend.[Reuters] [National Review] [Youtube] [Photo courtesy Time]